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With Help from Skilled Volunteers

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Connect With Skilled Volunteers

Skills-based volunteering is a powerful resource for driving operational growth, which ultimately helps you achieve your mission.

This program connects you with talented professionals looking to give back, allowing you to access expertise in areas such as marketing, web development, operations, strategy, and more.

Catchafire's menu of 100+ pre-scoped projects, each with specific deliverables and project steps, makes it easy to find what you need and match with a volunteer with the right skills for the job. And if you aren't sure where to begin, start by talking to a volunteer to get advice and explore ideas.

Sponsored by Connecticut Community Foundation

How It Works

Whether you need pro bono support on a project, or want advice from an industry expert, get it all done with Catchafire.
1. Explore Available Projects
Browse through over 120 pre-scoped projects and post your own.
2. Find Your Pro Bono Professional
Review applications from interested professionals and choose who you want to work with.
3. Get The Help You Need
Kick off your project and start making progress.
Two ways to connect!
Consultation Calls
Consultation Calls
Get on the phone with an industry expert to get answers to burning questions, brainstorm organizational challenges, or get feedback.
Projects
Projects
Work with a skilled professional to complete critical projects such as graphic design, website development, copywriting, database customization, and more!

What Do You Need Help With?

Select from 120+ pre-scoped projects or post a consultation call to get started.

Great Connections Are Made Here

ABOUT THE VOLUNTEERS

Work With Talented Professionals From Around the World

Catchafire's virtual volunteering network connects you with passionate professionals across a diverse range of fields, from Fortune 500s to 1-person startups, all over the world.

Finding the right match is important. Each of the 100+ pre-scoped projects contains prerequisite skills and experience, core deliverables, and time estimates, so volunteers know exactly what is required when they apply to work with you.

The rigorous application process, which includes work experience, portfolios, and statements of interest, limits applicants to those who are serious about working with you. It's not a one-click application, and it shouldn't be.

You can review up to three applications at a time, and interview candidates before deciding. The decision is yours.

What Other Organizations are Saying

“Monica was terrific. She took a relatively convoluted process and creatively developed a way to present it clearly in a manner that met our needs. We are very happy to have had the opportunity to work with Monica!”
Andrew CEO & Founder, Sanivation
“This is an amazing opportunity for small organizations like ours to be able to tap into the knowledge and experience of others.”
Shannon Quality Improvement Coordinator, Caswell Family Medical Center

Catchafire is an online platform for virtual, skills-based volunteering. Through Catchafire, professionals are able to directly support causes they care about by helping nonprofits with projects that match their skill sets. And because projects can be completed from anywhere, Catchafire makes it possible for nonprofits and skilled volunteers to connect for good, from all around the world!

Skills-based volunteering is a high impact form of volunteering that allows an individual to donate his or her professional skills and expertise, which in turn allows a nonprofit to build its capacity and focus more efficiently on its mission.

Skilled volunteers help nonprofits fill critical knowledge and staffing gaps, they work as thought partners on strategic projects, and they complete specific projects that require specialized skills, training, or experience. Very often, the relationships between volunteers and nonprofits extend far beyond the scope of the initial project that brought them together.

A specific example of skills-based volunteering is a marketing professional who volunteers to help a nonprofit create a marketing strategy.

During 2018, the Foundation is partnering with Catchafire to support select nonprofit organizations who serve the Foundation’s 21-town region by providing access to skills-based volunteers from across the world. By bringing talent to its grantees, the Foundation aims to maximize the impact these organizations are able to make in the communities they serve.

No. Connecticut Community Foundation is sponsoring your access to Catchafire, so it’s completely free for your organization. The Foundation believes that by providing this resource to its grantees, organizations can maximize their positive impact in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills.

In order to participate, you must first register your organization and then post your first project or consultation call. Get started by visiting the Project Menu to browse through over 120 detailed project types.

You can work on an unlimited number of projects throughout your membership, but can only post up to five projects at a time. Once you finish a project, mark it “complete” and you can post a new project. Note: you can post as many Ask An Expert phone calls as you’d like.

Your posted projects are visible to Catchafire’s entire skills-based volunteer community of 40,000+ talented professionals on the platform, and millions more via Catchafire's partnership with LinkedIn. Those who are interested in your organization’s cause area and who have the skills required for your project will be able to apply.

Skills-based volunteers may apply to your projects from all across the country and around the world. We encourage you to engage with virtual skills-based volunteers. If you prefer to work with somebody local, please expect it to take longer than normal to receive applications from a professional in the area. Please reach out to help@catchafire.org if you have questions or need any help.

On average, projects are matched within two weeks. If you are not seeing the response you hoped for, please reach out to help@catchafire.org, and one of Catchafire's Nonprofit Advisors will get in touch to troubleshoot with you.

After the interview, you can log into your account dashboard and ACCEPT or PASS on the match. Once both parties accept, you are officially matched and can begin the project! If you need to exchange any materials or have follow-up conversations to determine if it is a good fit after the interview, you are encouraged to do so.

Absolutely! Schedule a call, or email your questions to help@catchafire.org and one of Catchafire’s Nonprofit Advisors will be in touch within 24 business hours.

About This Program

Established in 1923, Connecticut Community Foundation was created by and for the people of Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills.

While serving this 21-town region, the Foundation provides leadership in addressing the community’s critical issues, strengthens local nonprofit organizations through grants and technical assistance programs, and works with individuals, families and corporations to steward charitable and scholarship funds. Read more about the Foundation on our main website.

This year, the Foundation is partnering with Catchafire to support select organizations by providing access to skills-based volunteers with specific expertise and experience across the world. By bringing talent to its grantees, the Foundation aims to help organizations maximize their positive impact in the communities they serve in Greater Waterbury and the Litchfield Hills.

Have more questions? Drop us a line.

Email the Catchafire team at help@catchafire.org, or schedule a Catchafire introduction call to learn more about how your organization can build capacity with help from skilled volunteers.


Connecticut Community Foundation is very pleased to have provided the funding necessary to allow your organization to use the Catchafire platform free of charge. We hope you will tap the potential of the Catchafire platform to secure volunteer help to meet some of your pressing needs. As you consider engaging volunteers through Catchafire, please understand that Connecticut Community Foundation does not endorse, vet or recommend the services of any particular volunteer or service provider, and is not liable for any harm or injuries that may be caused by volunteers who participate in the Catchafire platform. We encourage you to vet carefully any Catchafire volunteer before entering a working relationship.